It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that Video Games don’t translate very well to film. Don’t believe me? Feel free to check out Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter, and Doom. Those aren’t necessarily the worst but they most certainly aren’t the best. Video Games have been getting a bad rap as movies for as long as I can remember but usually rightfully so. Still, there have been successful movie franchises out of a few; specifically the Resident Evil franchise which went above and beyond to be nothing like the game and crush all of our hopes and dreams into the ground. Check out the Box Office revenue and you will see regardless of Resident Evil being nothing like the game it has been a huge success. With technology at an all time high and special effects at the peak of perfection there is no better time than now to bring these titles to the forefront and get crackin’ on what is sure to be “Box Office Gold”. There will be ten installments which will feature five video games a piece to ensure I don’t make your eyes bleed. Got one you think I missed? Let me know in the comments section below! Happy Gaming!
26. Bomberman – Bomberman is what I would call “The Outlandish-Megaman”, which means Bomberman is the ridiculously unnecessary version of Megaman. Like Megaman, Bomber was created by a scientist, Dr. Mimori, another man looking to make the world a better place very much like Dr. Light. Bomberman has had a lot of video games made after him so the stories and concepts are there; Hollywood just has to actually play the game. I’m thinking a very Mission Impossible meets Terminator type movie. In the game, Bomberman has to place bombs in strategic places therefore stopping the enemy before they can get to him. See where I’m going with this? And the best part? In the sequel we could introduce Black Bomberman, who is an enemy due to a slight in programming. But wait, there’s more! Eventually the two team up to take on another group of villains. I also think it is a very bad idea to have the original Bomberman go by “White Bomberman” and the villain go by “Black Bomberman”. I think the days of white being a symbol of good and black being a symbol of evil are long past and we can come up with something a little more creative than that.
27. Nazi Zombies – Nazi Zombies started out as a “mini game” within the Call of Duty series. The popularity of the mini game skyrocketed in popularity and is one of the best online games you can play, with the exception of the actual Call of Duty. Of course Call of Duty deserves the big screen treatment, we just haven’t gotten to it yet. So don’t fret! Call of Duty made the list! But so did the brilliant game inside the game. Nazi Zombies has gone from a fun little mini game to having an actual story, to becoming more of an actual game inside another game. Call of Duty continues to keep the ongoing title, but Nazi Zombies is just as known as its predecessor. I’m not saying you have to use Fidel Castro, JFK, and Nixon as the main characters but I would enjoy seeing them fight Nazi’s at the Pentagon. Oh and please include Monkeys in the movie. Apparently Zombies love Monkey Chimes, who knew!?
28. Force Unleashed – With all this news of Star Wars characters getting spin-off movies, this is kind of a possibility, and that is kind of awesome! The Force Unleashed teaches us the old proverb of “No, There is Another”. Enter Starkiller, the secret Apprentice of Darth Vader, yes THE Darth Vader. I won’t get too much into the story because there are more twists and turns than a pinball machine. (No, Pinball games did not make the cut but Sonic Spinball was a very entertaining game.) I’m getting off subject… The Force Unleashed is the first time we have really gotten a look at how awesome the Empire truly is, how awful and manipulative their intentions really are. Starkiller is a good guy and a bad guy, you choose. Granted the movie couldn’t exactly do that, but either way the concept would attack Star Wars fans and movie goers alike. And the toys! Who wouldn’t want more Star Wars figures to add to their collection!? Hmmm… Maybe we should make a Top 50 Video Games That Should be Toys…
29.Half-Life – Although not the first game to do this, Half-Life is a first-person shooter where you have to solve puzzles and get through obstacles using your brain. But it is the game that perfected the art. Half-Life brought a whole new meaning to First-Person Shooters with the clever concept of things do go bump in the night, but not while Gordon Freeman is still standing. Think of Area-51 with an X-Files cover-up. But take out Mulder and Scully and put in Gordon Freeman, a Black Mesa Research Facility Assistant who winds up becoming a total bad ass. During a routine scientific project (something scientific – I dunno I wasn’t paying attention) a portal opens to another world called “Xen” (this part I did pay attention to) where our hero goes but then blacks out as he is surrounded. Gordon wakes up back in the facility but with the beasts and foul creatures from Xen back there with him. Just the opening story is exciting! I haven’t gotten to the best part! Now killing creatures and having to get through damaged areas is hard enough, then the equivalence of the C.D.C. (H.E.C.U.) is trying to cover-up the incident, killing the creatures and the employees!
30. Double Dragon – I can’t think of very many two player games that I loved more than Double Dragon. Being a huge fan of side scrolling Beat ‘Em Up games this game was perfect for me. Add to that my love for picking up items and beating people senseless with them and you have a recipe for success. How would this translate to a movie you may ask? Well it was actually already attempted, poorly I might add, and not taken very seriously at all. I can’t say I blame them the concept of the game is silly the characters are very 2-D (literally), and the bad guys are pretty lame. But if we can make Battleship a movie about robots or aliens (I don’t know I never saw the movie it looked stupid), imagine the possibilities of a Double Dragon movie. If they do wind up making a Double Dragon 3, by God it better be called The Rosetta Stone and someone better learn a new language. Fellow writer Jeff Hill expressed how much he would love a Battletoads/Double Dragon movie. Goddammit, get on it Hollywood, I know you don’t have much else going on!